Police Begin Arrest Of Street Beggars In Maiduguri

Street Beggars, Police, MaiduguriOperatives of the Borno State Police Command have begun to arrest street beggars in Maiduguri, the state’s capital.

The action follows a directive by the Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, that beggars be kept off major streets across Borno State in northeast Nigeria.

The influx of beggars and hawkers, who are mostly women and children, has been a major concern to motorists as the beggars accost them at stop lights, especially around the popular CP junction.

The CP junction is one of the busiest in Maiduguri at any time of the day, as it links Damboa road, GRA, Open Air Theatre and Post Office areas to other parts of the city.

Target For Suicide Attacks

The spokesman for the police, Mr Victor Isuku, disclosed that more men have been deployed to the area from the GRA division to enforce the CP’s order.

“The Commissioner of Police envisage that the beggars are not only a nuisance but also constitute risk as suicide bombers can easily pose as beggars and blow up in the traffic.” Isuku stated.

Meanwhile, operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps have also been deployed to the area in addition to the traffic wardens originally on the beat.

Independent investigations revealed that the increased security presence was as a result of recent intelligence information which indicated that the CP junction was a target for suicide attacks.

Security operatives arrested a suicide bomber on December 26, 2016 after a foiled mission in a cattle market in Maiduguri.

The suspect confessed that other suicide bombers had already infiltrated the town.

Police Set To Establish Civil Rule In Liberated Communities, Says IGP

Solomon-Arase-On-BriberyThe Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, on Tuesday said all is now set for officers and men of the force to move to liberated communities in North East Nigeria.

Arase, who is in Maiduguri, is having talks with the Theatre Command of the Operation Lafiya Dole as well as rank and file officers serving under the Borno State Command to firm up plans before effecting deployments.

“One of the reasons I came to know how far we have gone with the preparations and to also see what the needs assessment would be so that we would be able to roll out as soon as possible but be rest assured that we appreciate all you’re doing, we thank you for holding the ground; we are so proud of you and we shall do everything within our power to ensure your welfare and comfort is paramount before you are deployed.”, he said.

The IGP said the visit is also meant to motivate officers and men maintaining that President Muhammad Buhari has directed that allowances and welfare packages are secured.

“As those areas are repaired we would take them over. Even areas that have not been repaired we can see what we can do to make sure that there is a semblance of civil authority. We want to ensure that the people of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa (States) have their lives back: we want to see that they’re able to go back to their normal habitat and have a feeling of security.”

The Police chief, however, declined to mention liberated areas where the police intends to take over for “operational reasons”.

Female Suicide Bomber Kills 20 In Maiduguri

bomb blastThe Borno State Police Command has confirmed that 20 persons were killed this afternoon in a bomb attack that rocked the popular Maiduguri Monday market.

The command spokesperson, Mr Gideon Jibrin, who confirmed the attack and casualty figure to reporters in Maiduguri, also said 18 others sustained various degrees of injuries.

He said 20 people including the suicide bomber, a girl believed to be about 10 years old, died in the attack which occurred around 12:30pm Local time.

In a text message sent to reporters by the spokesman for the Borno Police Command, Mr Gideon Jibrin said: “20 persons were killed in the attack including the female suicide bomber with 18 others injured at the market.”

It was gathered that the female suicide bomber attacked the section of the market where chickens were sold.

The section of the market was immediately cordoned off by security forces.

There are indication that the death toll of the market attack may, however, rise as rescue team continued to carry out rescue mission at the site of the blast.

Police Recovers 23 Vehicles And Motorcycles In Borno

Six suspected armed robbers specialising in car snatching were on Wednesday paraded by the Borno state Police command. The command recovered 23 vehicles, motorcycles and tricycles from the robbers confirmed to have being snatched at various gun points, residences or parking lots of people in Maiduguri metropolis.

Parading the suspected robbers at the police headquarters, Maiduguri, the state Police Commissioner, Alhaji Yuguda Abdullahi said that the suspects had been invading the privacy of citizens’ residences to rob them of their vehicles and valuables, as well as large sums of money.

“The police command has taken the battle to the door steps of these notorious syndicates; several of which have been smashed in the last month” Abdullahi said in a statement

He said the syndicates are now being interrogated, and upon completion of the preliminary investigations they will be arraigned before the court of law.

The statement calls on owners of the vehicles to come forward with proper identifications and proofs of ownership to the police headquarters for recovery.

The police chief in the statement also advised residents to be more careful about “where and how” they park their vehicles, adding that glasses should be wound up and car doors locked, while dark and trouble areas should be avoided.

He called on the people to fully cooperate with security agents in the search for peace in the state.

2 killed, primary school bombed in northern Nigeria

Authorities say suspected members of a radical Islamist sect have shot and killed an Islamic cleric and another man, while also planting a bomb at a local primary school in northeast Nigeria.

The military said the bomb detonated early Friday morning before pupils arrived at the school in Maiduguri, the spiritual home of the sect known as Boko Haram. No one was wounded in the blast.

Borno state police spokesman Samuel Tizhie said the cleric and a shoe cobbler died in the city in a Thursday night shooting blamed on the sect.

Boko Haram has been targeting government institutions, police and military formations in the country but lately turned their attention to conventional schools, an institution it condemns and terms a sacrilege.